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Thank people for reposing faith in Constitution, democracy: PM


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NEW DELHI, June 30: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said people had reposed their unwavering faith in the Constitution and the democratic system of the country by their participation in the 2024 general elections.
The prime minister made the remarks in his Mann Ki Baat radio address, the first after the polls. The radio broadcast had had taken a break in February ahead of the general elections. “Today, I thank the countrymen for reposing their unwavering faith in our Constitution and the democratic system of the country,” Modi said.
He said the 2024 election was the biggest election in the world.“Such a big election has never taken place in any country in the world. More than 65 crore people voted in the election,” the prime minister said.
He congratulated the Election Commission and every person associated with the election process.
During the radio address, the prime minister spoke of initiatives such as ‘Ek Ped Maa Ke Naam’ launched on the World Environment Day to plant trees.
“I am glad to see people inspiring others by sharing their pictures of their mothers,” Modi said.
He also paid rich tributes to tribal freedom fighters Veer Sidhu and Kanhu, who led the Santhal uprising against British rule in 1855, much before the first war of independence in 1857.
The prime minister also cheered Indian athletes who will be competing in the Paris Olympics next month. He noted that Indian athletes have participated in more than 900 international competitions.The country expects its players to put up an excellent performance in the Olympics, he said while urging the people to use ‘cheer4Bharat’ hashtag to motivate them.
PM did not mention
people’s issues: Congress
Congress leader Pawan Khera on Sunday alleged Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not mention any of the issues that people wanted to hear about in his radio programme Mann Ki Baat.
Taking a jibe at the prime minister after he addressed the first episode of Mann ki Baat in his third term, Congress’ media and publicity head Khera questioned why he did not mention NEET, the railway accident or the “infrastructure collapses”.
Khera said even though this is Modi’s third term, it is not on his own strength. “The government is walking on crutches. We thought he would say something sensible this time,” Khera said.
“He did not say anything on NEET, or railway accident, or the daily infrastructure collapses that we are hearing of,” he said.
“He did not speak on the serious incident that happened at the Delhi airport, in which a person lost his life,” Khera said alleging the prime minister did not speak on any issue concerning the people.“The prime minister did not speak on any issue of people’s interest. His method has been to change the agenda. Because everyone is talking about NEET, the scams, you’re talking about umbrella from Kerala”he alleged. (PTI)


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